Mary Bunzel, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Connected Systems Institute, Executive Director

Bunzel is a thought leader and specialist in the area of integrated factory systems, maintenance and operations optimization, the Industrial IOT, and the science of reliability informed through connected systems and enhanced with advanced technologies.

More than 25 years of work serving the manufacturing industry through the lens of reliability and asset performance has resulted in deep expertise relative to best practices in the areas of manufacturing, automotive, pharmaceutical, food & beverage, steel, heavy equipment, and more.

As IBM’s Worldwide Manufacturing Industry leader, and then as Intel’s General Manager for Manufacturing IOT Solutions Group, Bunzel served key roles in large technology projects focused on creating throughput and quality for manufacturers over the last three decades of evolution in manufacturing.  She has been at the core of this transformation, influencing it’s direction and building successful business units based on this pragmatic expertise and real-world experience.

Currently, Bunzel is the Executive Director at the Connected Systems Institute (CSI) leading the organization in its mission to develop the digital manufacturing workforce of the future through education and training.

The CSI began by forging key partnerships between the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and major business enterprises essential to the regional and global economies.

Under Bunzel’s leadership and expertise, the next phase of the CSI was launched starting with a brand refresh, communications strategies and programming to position the institute as a trusted authority in digital manufacturing.

At the institute located on the UWM campus, she oversaw the build of a state-of-the-art lab and facility that includes an IoT network, advanced manufacturing equipment, and collaboration spaces to create a hands-on learning environment that brings together a community of industry experts, UWM students and faculty, and continuing learners.

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